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SXSW14…another year, another experience... 

A year ago, I was beginning my first tour with an appearance at South By Southwest.  I was excited, I was nervous, I was … ready?  I don’t know that I was.  I dealt with a hotel that had “misplaced” our reservation and given away our room.  We had zero time to promote at the festival.  We grabbed our credentials and didn’t really see the convention floor.  We simply showed up, played a gig,… Read more

Acoustically Challenged... 

Last week, I was given the opportunity to return to a stage where I haven’t performed in quite some time.  Not much had changed at the Universal Bar and Grill.  The regulars surrounded the bar, downing beers and joking with one another the way that barstool friends usually do.  The stage was still in the corner, with a TV hanging above the performance space, a small PA and a lighting system that always defies… Read more

An “Industry Night” Experience 

In continuing my goal of getting on stage as often as I can this year, I drove back out to Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth, CA last night.  Chris Johnson and the Hollywood Hillbilles were throwing an “Industry Night”, and all local country musicians were encouraged to come out and join in on the Jam.   To say the turnout was low is quite an understatement.   I’d never been to the Jam there before, so I… Read more

A New Year, A New Goal, A New Stage…or many of them! 

In 2013, I made some very cool strides with my music, and I’m dedicated to building on that in 2014.  Do I expect to return to television?  Not really.  That’s a hump that I just don’t know comes around thrice in three years for an unsigned, very regional artist.  But hey, if someone will take me, I’ll be glad to play!   I will return to SXSW this spring, which is awesome.   But, and… Read more

Charlie Daniels, Montgomery Gentry and Blake Shelton 

Today I’m recovering from a whirlwind trip to vegas and back in about 16 hours with 9 hours of driving, and 7 hours of concerts and poker.  I’m tired.  Beyond that, though, I’m very excited.  Last night, I was front-row for CDB and Montgomery Gentry.  What we have here is one of the true legends of Country Music as well as the top Country-Rock duo performing today. Yes, I know… Read more

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